Systemic Reflections on Corporate Responsibility

  • Raul Espejo
  • Neil Stewart


In this paper we discuss the contemporary issue of corporate responsibility. Our aim is firstly to offer a general introduction to current concerns and practices under this topic. Of these environmental care is the specific concern of this paper. Following this we use the Viable System Model (VSM) to reflect upon the relations between corporations and those stakeholders concerned with the environment. The VSM offers a systems approach to think about these relations and a strategy to manage their complexity. This reflection is at the core of the paper. We finally draw general conclusions.


Corporate Responsibility Producer Responsibility Structural Recursion Viable System Model Systemic Reflection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raul Espejo
    • 1
  • Neil Stewart
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Computing and Information SystemsUniversity of HumbersideHullUK
  2. 2.Manchester Business SchoolManchesterUK

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